SK Hynix is one of the biggest players in memory along with Samsung and Micron. They’ve gotten a bit bigger now with a nod from Nvidia to order HBM3 DRAM for their future GPUs.
HBM memory was previously used by AMD in their Fury and Vega cards (HBM and HBM2 respectively), and is now going to be used by some high end workstation GPUs in future Nvidia products.
There’s no word if Nvidia will use HBM for desktop consumer graphics cards as well, however. Historically, Nvidia has shyed away from HBM due to cost reasons in the past.
Here’s the word frorm Nvidia:
Nvidia to receive SK hynix HBM3 DRAM
SK hynix announced that it began mass production of HBM3, the world’s best-performing DRAM. The announcement comes just seven months after the company became the first in the industry to develop HBM3 in October, and is expected to solidify the company’s leadership in the premium DRAM market. With accelerating advancements in cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence and big data, major global tech companies are seeking ways to quickly process rapidly increasing volumes of data. HBM, with significant competitiveness in data processing speed and performance compared with traditional DRAM, is expected to draw broad industry attention and see rising adoption.
NVIDIA has recently completed its performance evaluation of SK hynix’s HBM3 samples. SK hynix will provide HBM3 for NVIDIA systems expected to ship starting in the third quarter of this year. SK hynix will expand HBM3 volume in the first half in accordance with NVIDIA’s schedule. The highly anticipated NVIDIA H100 is the world’s largest and most powerful accelerator. SK hynix’s HBM3 is expected to enhance accelerated computing performance with up to 819 GB/s of memory bandwidth, equivalent to the transmission of 163 FHD (Full-HD) movies (5 GB standard) every second.
Kevin (Jongwon) Noh, president and chief marketing officer at SK hynix, states that the company has secured top-notch competitiveness in the premium DRAM market through its close work with NVIDIA. “We aim to become a solution provider that deeply understands and addresses our customers’ needs through continuous open collaboration,” he said.
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